Monday, September 29, 2014

Razorback Recovery and the Food Recovery Project Featured in Harvest Public Media Special Report



LL.M. Visiting Assistant Professor and Director of the Food Recovery Project Nicole Civita was featured recently in this Harvest Public Media Special Report about Food Waste in America.

An excerpt from the article is included below. View the full article and watch the program here.

An Abundance of Waste

Farmers and growers have made gigantic advancements in food production over the last century, ensuring more food flows from farm to table than at any time in human history. Yet, some estimates say as much as 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S. goes uneaten.

Food waste is the single-largest source of waste in municipal landfills. An incredible 35 million tons of food were thrown away in 2012, according to the EPA. As it decomposes in landfills, the waste releases methane and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Meanwhile, 1 in 6 Americans struggles with hunger and the world wonders how to address the challenge of feeding 9 billion people by 2050.

NET Nebraska and Harvest Public Media are exploring the problem of food waste in America. Watch for lots of coverage online. Harvest Public Media partner public radio stations will air a week-long series starting Monday, Sept. 22.

And tune in to your local public television on Friday, Sept. 26, for an in-depth look on “Tossed Out: Food Waste in America.” Check your local listings.

Or, watch the full TV program, right here.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

National Jurist Lists Food Law as One of Top Ten Hot Areas for Employment

The September- October Issue of National Jurist magazine includes the article, What's Hot: Ten Practice Areas that are Driving Hiring Now.  It discusses the job market for attorneys, noting that the market is picking up, but that it is also changing.  It lists the top ten areas that are expected to be "hot" in terms of opportunities and new hiring.

Food Law is number 8 on the list.  To be accurate, they refer to "food and drug law" but reading their description of the types of positions, they are clearly talking about the food law and policy arena - including the new Food Safety Modernization Act, with a regulatory reach down to the production level and the wide range of interesting legal issues involved with marijuana production and sale in states where it's legal.

We were delighted to have our LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law listed along with Michigan State, where a distance LL.M. Program in Global Food Law is available.

Note that this issue also gives us another huge shout out -  the University of Arkansas School of Law is rated as #1 for Best Value in legal education.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Agricultural Law & Medical Marijuana

I suspect that when Ray Watson attended the LL.M. Program back in the late 1990's, he did not anticipate that a significant amount of his work someday would involve marijuana. Ray now serves as Illinois Department of Agriculture General Counsel, and as such, he is guiding the State of Illinois as it undertakes its Medical Cannabis Pilot Program.

Ray's pictured below during a town hall meeting at the Illinois Department of Transportation in Collinsville, Illinois.

Another report from Illinois shows hundreds of residents asking questions at a town hall meeting. Marijuana Town Hall Attracts Hundreds in Chicago. Questions ranged from practical, administrative questions on how the program will be run to those seeking assurances that the program will not have negative unintended consequences.  We are confident that Ray handled all of the questions with care, professionalism, and accurate information.

 A new chapter in a good agricultural lawyer's career.

Ray Watson, Illinois Department of Agriculture General Counsel, answers questions about the State of Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program during a town hall meeting at the Illinois Department of Transportation in Collinsville, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. Photo by Roberto Rodriguez, rrodriguez@post0dispatch.com

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Fayetteville, Arkansas - One of the Best College Towns in America

The vast majority of our LL.M. candidates are from outside Arkansas.  Many of our applicants and potential applicants wonder what Northwest Arkansas is really like -  

Consider this article reposted from the Fayetteville Flyer:

For the second year in a row, Fayetteville was named as one of the best college towns in the nation. 
Livability.com this week released its annual list of the Top 10 Best College Towns, which ranked Fayetteville as No. 4. 
The website, which provides data for small-and medium-sized cities, also compiles annual best-of lists based on the data it collects throughout the year. It lists Fayetteville with a population just shy of 76,000 and a median income of $37,383. 
This is the fifth year Livability.com has published its best-of list for college towns. It’s Fayetteville’s second appearance on the list. The city was named No. 9 in 2013.

Livability.com‘s ranking criteria included affordable housing, educational attainment, walkability and student population. 
1. Ames, Iowa
2. Logan, Utah
3. Oxford, Ohio
4. Fayetteville, Arkansas
5. Tempe, Arizona
6. Charlottesville, Virginia
7. Champaign, Illinois
8. Moscow, Idaho
9. South Bend, Indiana
10. Hattiesburg, Mississippi 
This year, cities were divided up by their college’s Football Bowl Subdivision conference and then ranked within each group before compiling the list. That means Fayetteville beat out all other SEC college towns, and was then ranked as the fourth-best in the nation. 
Ranking criteria included affordable housing, educational attainment, walkability and student population. 
After livability aspects were calculated, the list was skewed toward measuring the impact each college and university has on its cities and what would make life better for college-aged people. 
A close look was given at cities with a high concentration of degree-holders and of 25-to-34 year-olds to see if they were the kinds of cities that students would want to stay in once they graduated. 
Finally, the website counted the number of restaurants, music venues, bike trails, parks and festivals in each city, and included any partnerships that exist between the colleges and towns. 
“From its hip strip of shops, bars and restaurants to the bike paths and walking trails that snake through the city, Fayetteville, Ark., greatly accommodates the college lifestyle,” wrote the website. “Southern charm meshes with a modern arts scene and innovative businesses to create a place that draws young families who crave a unique yet traditional small-town vibe.” 
Fayetteville was the only city from last year to make the list in 2014, but not every city is new to the series. Oxford, Ohio made the list in 2011 and 2012; Champaign, Ill. and Logan, Utah made it in 2012; and Charlottesville, Va. charted in 2010.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Employment News: Erin Shirl

We are pleased to report that over the summer, Erin Shirl, an LL.M candidate in last year's class, accepted a position as Staff Attorney & Visiting Research Professor of Law with the Indigenous Food & Agriculture Initiative at the University of Arkansas School of Law.

Erin has been serving as a Staff Attorney and Visiting Research Professor for the Initiative since late July. Her duties include research, writing, and program and course development. She hopes to help start several new Initiative programs during the course of her appointment, as well as continue to support existing programming, like the Initiative’s summer summit for Native youth who are considering career options in agricultural fields.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Employment News: Kelly Damewood at California Certified Organic Foundation

We are pleased to report that over the summer, Kelly Damewood, an LL.M candidate in last year's class, accepted a position as Policy Director with the well-regarded California Certified Organic Foundation (CCOF).  While in the LL.M. Program, Kelly served as the Marler Clark Graduate Assistant, working as a journalist for Food Safety News, the online publication with worldwide distribution.

Kelly will lead CCOF’s policy staff and organize member engagement on issues related to the National Organic Program (NOP), National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), Farm Bill, and other aspects of agricultural policy.  Congratulations to Kelly -  we know you will do a great job.


Friday, September 5, 2014

A USA Today story on food waste references research by Professor Nicole Civita and LL.M. alumnus James Haley for the Food Recovery Project in the LL.M. Program in Agricultural and Food Law


View the original article here.

Dumpster dining: Environmentalist fights food waste
John Wisely, Detroit Free Press 8:19 p.m. EDT August 31, 2014



Rob J. Greenfield, 28, of San Diego is an environmental activist who is crossing the country on his bicycle dumpster diving to show how much food is wasted in the country annually. He hits a set of dumpsters behind Glory Market in Oak Park, Mich., Aug. 31, 2014.(Photo: Regina H. Boone, Detroit Free Press)
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DETROIT — Rob Greenfield spent Sunday morning shopping for food.

By 11 a.m., he already had salmon, multigrain breads, Starbucks coffee, oranges, bananas, avocados, tomatoes and peppers. For dessert, he had cakes, cookies and spice drop candies. He even picked up some microbrew beer.

He's not planning a Labor Day cookout. Greenfield is an environmental activist who's traveling part of the country to shop in dumpsters behind grocery stores, drugs stores and other places to draw attention to the amount of food that is wasted every day in America.

Conducting what he calls food fiascos, Greenfield takes the edible food he finds in each city, then displays it in one spot to show how much of it there is. Metro Detroit is his latest stop on a two month campaign that began in Madison, Wis., and ends in New York City.

"We've collected a couple thousand dollars worth of food today," Greenfield said this morning as he took a quick inventory at a stop in Clawson. "All of this stuff is still good."

Greenfield peeled a slightly brown banana and took a bite.



USATODAY

An app that reduces food waste


Some of the items had expiration dates of Saturday, Sunday or Monday, but others are good until next month. Most of the items are still in sealed packages. The salmon was still cold when he found it.

His lessons are aimed at both consumers and the stores that supply their food. His goals are:

• Reduce the amount of food by better inventory control.

• Encourage stores to donate food to non-profits that get it to people in need.

• Promote composting of food that can't be eaten by humans.


Rob J. Greenfield, 28, of San Diego finds grapes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and more that he eats as he digs them out of a dumpster in Oak Park, Mich.(Photo: Regina H. Boone, Detroit Free Press)


Greenfield said some corporations are coming around to the idea of donating surplus food, but most are still behind the times. The number one reason corporations have given him for not donating their food is the fear of liability if someone gets sick from eating it.

But he said that fear was put to rest in 1996, when President Clinton signed the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, which shields food donors from liability in most cases, though not for gross negligence or intentional misconduct.

Greenfield pointed to a 2013 study by the University of Arkansas School of Law that examined litigation related to food donation.



USATODAY

Your daily bread: Bag it, freeze it, to prevent waste


"A thorough search of filings and review of reported decisions did not turn up a single case that involved food donation-related liability or any attempts to get around the protections offered by the Bill Emerson Act," the study's authors, James Haley and Nicole Civita, wrote.

Through his website, Greenfield prompts sustainable living and he practices what he preaches.

A 28-year-old Ashland, Wis., native who makes his home in San Diego, he converted to vegetarian lifestyle and decided to focus on sustainable living. He carries no cash or credit cards, travels barefoot and mostly by bicycle.

He sleeps in a tent or taps the kindness of strangers for a bed for the night and a warm shower. A web-based network of touring cyclists includes people who open their homes to travelers like Greenfield free of charge.


Rob J. Greenfield, 28, of San Diego, is an environmental activist who is crossing the country on his bicycle dumpster diving to show how much food is wasted in the country annually.(Photo: Regina H. Boone, Detroit Free Press)


He eats food from dumpsters and gets his water from dripping taps.

He's never gone hungry, gotten ill, been arrested or failed to find plenty of food.

"He's an inspiration to me," said Julie Palmer, 43, of Ypsilanti. "He lives life with so much joy."

Palmer became a fan of Greenfield after a friend posted a link to Greenefield's website, robgreenfield.tv. When she and her husband, Seth, learned he was coming to Michigan, they volunteered to help.

To collect his food, they agreed to help shuttle him around in their Chevrolet Traverse, driving him to various grocery stores in the suburbs of Detroit and filling up the back with what they found.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Upgraded LL.M. Classroom

We have mentioned the upgrade of the LL.M. study in prior posts.  And, our announcements of the new distance program have consistently included reference to the use of state-of-the-art technology.  So -  many of you are probably anxious to see what the "new" LL.M. Study looks like.  Here are some photos, with more to come showing our video-conferencing in action.






Shown left is a view that shows the three screens mounted on the north wall of the classroom.  And, it shows the attractive, and media-friendly blue wall.  No more washed out professors (hey, no jokes)  when video-conferencing.  There are three screens on each side to allow multiple use and clear access from all angles.

We'll post a video that shows an example of our video conferencing soon.







Shown right is the south wall -  with its bank of screens, again on an attractive blue wall. 

Of course, we still have fantastic natural lighting from the floor to ceiling windows that form the entire south wall of the classroom.  These windows look out onto the campus, specifically the tree-lined Garland Avenue walkway.





While Professor Neil Hamilton was here, ‎Kris Katrosh, Media Production Manager from the University of Arkansas Global Campus came by to interview him for a video that Kris is producing for us this Fall. Stay tuned.

The photo to the left shows Kris and his colleagues testing out the lighting and sound for the interview. Neil commented on what professionals they were and enjoyed the interview. Thanks to our friends at Global Campus, who are helping us every step of the way to make our new distance education track successful.

Our classes each have their own web page in Blackboard, with readings and other resources available electronically. We offer video-conferencing with our distance students (allowing them to participate fully in the class),  recording of the classes for later viewing, and interactive online discussions. So - lots of new features and a full use of new technology -  while we continue to maintain the small class interaction that has always been the hallmark of our Program.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Welcome to the Fall 2014 Incoming LL.M. Class

We are delighted to welcome 9 face-to-face LL.M. candidates to Fayetteville.  Eight are out-of-state students; they have moved to Arkansas from Alaska, Illinois, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, and Washington, D.C. One student is from Arkansas.  Three are 2014 law school graduates, and the remaining 6 are experienced attorneys.

We are also very pleased to welcome our inaugural class in the distance track.  These students will be integrated into the face-to-face classroom through video conferencing, classroom capture, online communication, and blended classroom settings.  We are proud to have 8 distance LL.M. candidates with us.  All are out-of-state students, and they live and work in Colorado, Georgia, Michigan, New York, Oklahoma, Virginia, Illinois, and Washington, D.C.  All are experienced attorneys. Three have significant military experience and have been recognized for their leadership and service.

Welcome to our incoming class.  It's is going to be another great year.  Here are introductory bios of most of the class.

Full Time Face to Face LL.M. Candidates


Tiffany Alvoid (Carrollton, Texas)
J.D., UCLA Law School
Concentration in Critical Race Studies
Participation in Environmental Law Clinic
Research Assistant to Professor Russell Robinson (racial and gender discrimination law)
B.J., News-Editorial w/concentrations in History and English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Golden Key National Honor Society
University of Pittsburg Semester at Sea Study Abroad Program (Cuba, Brazil, South Africa, Tanzania, India, South Korea and Japan)
Professional experience includes: Of Counsel, Law Office of Edith K. Thomas; Attorney, Small Business Administration; Associate Attorney, Gllespie, Rozen & Watsky; Staff Attorney, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
Publication: Taking the Question Out of Deposition Preparation, ABA’s Young Lawyers Division (Dec. 2011)
Admitted to practice law in Texas

Justin Crawley (Bryson City, North Carolina)
J.D., Appalachian School of Law
Senior Editor, APPALACHIAN NATURAL RESOURCES LAW JOURNAL (recipient of “Exceptional Service Award” for outstanding performance)
President and Chief of Executive Board, Environmental Law Society
Treasurer and Community Liaison, Executive Board, Sport and Entertainment Law Society
B.S., Sports Management w/concentration in Professional Sport Management and Minor in Business Law, Western Carolina University
Professional experience includes: Legal Intern, Haywood County Clerk of Court Office in Waynesville, North Carolina, Director of Baseball Operations, Western Carolina University Athletic Dept.

Anna Dey (Austin, Texas)
J.D., Seattle University School of Law
Paralegal Certificate with Honors, University of San Diego Paralegal Program
B.A., English, Cornell University
Professional experience includes: Adjunct Professor of Legal Research & Writing, Des Moines Area Community College; Program Attorney, ABA Rule of Law Initiative, Legal Skills Program, Monrovia, Liberia; Staff Attorney, PP Heartland, Inc., Des Moines; Legislative Director and Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa; Associate Attorney/Financial & Office Manager, Dickey & Campbell, PLC
Admitted to practice law in Iowa

Trevor Findley (Aumsville, Oregon) 
J.D., Cum Laude, Willamette University College of Law
Certificates in Business Law, International and Comparative Law
Note and Comment Editor, WILLAMETTE LAW REVIEW
Senior Writer, WILLIAMETTE LAW ONLINE
Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security/Defense, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
M. Ed., Curriculum & Instruction, University of Nevada Las Vegas
B.A., International Studies, Willamette University
Professional experience includes: Associate Attorney (Creditors’ Rights, Bankruptcy Group; Litigation Group), Saalfeld Griggs, PC; Certified Law Clerk (Juvenile Division), Marion County District Attorney; Teach for America, Las Vegas Valley, 5th Grade Classroom Teacher
Admitted to practice law in Oregon

Diane MacDonald (Chicago, Illinois)
LL.M., Taxation, with honors, Golden Gate University School of Law
J.D., with honors, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
M.Sc., Economics, London School of Economics & Political Science
B.A., Economics, Bucknell University
Professional experience includes: Associate Attorney, Baker & McKenzie (international trade, including antidumping and trade compliance assistance); Associate Attorney, Barnes, Richardson & Colburn (import/export compliance); Product Manager, Export, ClearCross, Inc.
Publications include:  
Personal Data Privacy and the WTO, with C. Streatfeild, 36 Hous. J. of Int’l L. (Summer, 2014); Who is a "Person" Under the U.S. Import Laws?, PRACTICAL TRADE AND CUSTOMS STRATEGIES (May, 2014); Food Safety Modernization Act Implications for U.S. Importers, PRACTICAL TRADE AND CUSTOMS STRATEGIES (Jan., 2014);  Contributor, ABA International Trade, Year in Review 2013; Corporate Form Principles Apply to Import Law Violations, LAW360, (August 29, 2013);  Antidumping Duties on Imported Goods: Resellers Beware, 12 THE CALIFORNIA INTERNATIONAL PRACTITIONER (No. 2, 2002-2003)
Admitted to practice in New York, California, Illinois
Diane has been a frequent legal webinar speaker. She is a Licensed Customs Broker. She developed the Trade Law and Trade Agreements online class for the World Trade Institute, Pace University.

Hillary Renick (Washington, D.C.)
J.D., University of the Oregon School of Law
NALSA Public Relations Officer
Native Environmental Sovereignty Fellow, ENR Center
Research Assistant, Professor Mary Christina Wood
M.S., Cultural Resource Management, Central Washington University
Thesis on Yakama Indian Treaty Fishing and Significance of Traditional Places
Advanced Public Health studies, George Washington University
Research Assistant, Dr. David Goldsmith (Research on Native American health problems associated with exposure to agricultural pesticides)
B.A., Anthropology, American University in Washington, DC.
Professional experience includes: Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Sherwood Valley Rancheria; Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs, FOIA Specialist, Washington, D.C.; Yakama Nation Chief Judge; Yakama Nation Air Quality Specialist; Associate Attorney, LaPena Law Corporation; Board of Trustees, California Indian Legal Service; Udall Fellow in Office of Senator Cantwell (D-WA).
Hillary is a member of the Sherwood Valley Band of Pomo Indians and descendant of the Hopland Shanel, Noyo and Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone tribal communities.

Christina Rice (Charlotte, North Carolina)
J.D., with honors, Charlotte School of Law
CALI Award for Lawyering Process I
Order of the Crown Honor Society
Public Interest Law Society
Participation in The American Caribbean Law Institute Caribbean Law Clinic (Trinidad and Tobago).
Participation in the Estate Planning Law Clinic.
B.S., Business Administration & Finance/Accounting, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Professional experience includes: Legal Intern, Law Office of Marjorie J Brown, PC; Legal Intern, SERC Reliability Corporation; Teaching Assistant for Lawyering Process; Summer Intern, Oracle Law, LLC;  Post-closing Legal Intern, Costner Law; Summer Intern, Love Sloan Law; Recovery Specialist and Customer Accounts Representative, American Honda Finance

Elizabeth Ruiz  (Anchorage, Alaska)
J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law
Member, NORTH CAROLINA JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW AND COMMERCIAL REGULATION
Honors Writing Scholar and Teaching Assistant
Vice President, Carolina Public Interest Law Organization
Pro Bono, 85 hours
B.A., English, University of South Carolina, Magna cum laude
Professional experience includes: Staff Attorney, Chesapeake Circuit Court; Legal clerk, Chesapeake Circuit Court; Legal intern/fellow, National Hispanic Media Coalition; Google Policy Fellow, Media Access Project; Legal intern for the Office of FCC Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn; Staff Writer and B2 Editor, The State Newspaper, Columbia, South Carolina
Admitted to practice in Virginia

Maranda White  (Springdale, Arkansas)
J.D., University of Arkansas School of Law
Co-chair, Equal Justice Works (2012-13)
M.S., Environmental, Soil, and Water Science, Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food & Life Sciences, University of Arkansas
Graduate Assistant to Dr. Duane C. Wolf
Thesis: The Ecological Effect of Unpaved Roads
B.S., Environmental, Soil, and Water Science, Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food & Life Sciences University of Arkansas
Professional experience includes: Research Assistant, Indigenous Food & Agriculture Initiative; Research Assistant, Professor Robert B. Leflar; Law Clerk, McMath Woods, P.A.; Public Interest Extern, Attorney General for the Cherokee Nation; Corporate Extern, Walmart Stores, Inc.; Law Clerk, Mostyn Prettyman; Pro Bono Law Clerk, Legal Aid of Arkansas; Research Intern, Nature Conservancy; Consultant, Arkansas Wildlife Federation


Distance LL.M. Candidates
(Note that this is an incomplete listing to respect the privacy of candidates that do not yet want their participation publicized for professional reasons)


Michael Hoffman (Aspen, Colorado)
J.D., University of Denver
M.B.A., Finance, University of Colorado Boulder
B.S., Zoology/Animal Biology, Colorado State University
Professional experience includes his current position as Of Counsel Attorney (real estate and land use), Garfield & Hecht, P.C.; Attorney and President, E. Michael Hoffman, P.C.; Partner, Freilich, Myler, Leitner & Carlisle, P.C.; Lender and Trust Officer, U.S. Bank
Admitted to practice in Colorado

Brian Mathison (West Point, New York)
J.D., Maurer School of Law, Indiana University - Bloomington
M.S., Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry, University of California, Davis
M.S., Finance, Indiana University, Kelley School of Business
B.A., Indiana University, English Literature
B.S., Indiana University, Biochemistry
Professional experience includes his current position as Instructor (Chemistry), in the Department of Chemistry and Life Science, United States Military Academy, West Point; Administrative and Operational Law Attorney, Joint Special Operations Task Force, Afghanistan; Trial Counsel, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort Bliss, Texas; Trial Counsel, 19th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Daegu, Korea; Deputy Legal Advisor, Joint Task Force-North, Fort Bliss, Texas; Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Fort Bliss, Texas; Legal Assistance Attorney, Tax Center Officer-in-Charge; Transportation Officer, U.S. Army Europe Headquarters, Heidelberg, Germany
Publication: A Rapid Method to Determine the Sterol, Erythrodiol, and Uvaol Concentration in Olive Oil, J. Agric. & Food Chemistry, (co-authored with Dirk Holstege), available at http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf400254k

S. Patrick Morin, Jr. (Birmingham, Michigan)
J.D., cum laude, University of New Hampshire School of Law
Senior Research Editor, PIERCE LAW REVIEW
B.S., English Literature, Northeastern University
Professional experience includes his current position as Of Counsel with Dickinson Wright PLLC in Michigan; Associate positions with Bass, Berry & Simms PLC (Nashville and Knoxsville, TN) and Sullivan & Worcester LLP (Boston, MA); Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Jeffrey R. Howard, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit; Legal Clerk for U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of New Hampshire
His publications include:
P.T.S.D.: A NOVEL (CreateSpace Press 2011);  THE AUDITOR: A NOVEL (publication pending); Wherefore Art Thou Guidelines: An Empirical Study of White-Collar Criminal Sentencing and How the Gall Decision Effectively Eliminated Sentencing Guidelines, 7 PIERCE L. REV. 151(2008).
Admitted to practice in Michigan, Massachusetts, New Hampshire
Pat is a Board Member of the Veterans Bar Association and served as Captain in the United States Marine Corps. His awards include the Navy Commendation Medal, Iraqi Liberation Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Navy Unit Commendation Medal, National Defense Medal, Sea Service Deployment Medal.

Edward Peterson (Warner Robins, Georgia)
J.D., Capitol University Law School
LL.M., Employment Law, John Marshall Law School
Masters of Plant Protection and Pest Management, University of Georgia
B.S., Biology, Georgia College
Professional experience includes his current position as solo practitioner in Warner Robins, Georgia; Assistant Public Defender II, Swainsboro, Georgia; Associate Attorney, Matthew Waters Law; Assistant Public Defender I, Dublin, Georgia; Associate Attorney, Walter E. Baker Law; Assistant Solicitor, Warner Robbins, Georgia; Assistant District Attorney, Warner Robbins, Georgia
Professional experience with USDA includes: County Agricultural and Natural Resource Extension Agent; Plant Protection & Quarantine Officer, USDA APHIS; Computer Services Coordinator, USDA, APHIS; Technical Information Specialist, USDA, APHIS
Admitted to practice in Georgia

Kelvin Stroud (Washington, D.C.)
J.D., University of Arkansas School of Law
President, Student Bar Association
President, Student Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association
B.S.B.A., Dual Degrees in Finance and Accounting, University of Arkansas
Honor’s Thesis: Diversifying Financially with International Investments
Post-J.D. educational advancement: Global Policy Fellowship, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Scholar, Truman National Security Project Educational Institute; Congressional Fellowship, Partnership for Secure America; Scholar, Congressional Research Service Legislative Process Institute.
Professional experience includes his current position as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Mark Pryor; Legislative Analyst, Tyson Foods; Legislative Counsel, U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee; Proprietor and Of Counsel, CollegeTokens.com, Inc.; Solo Practitioner

Kurtis Ward (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
J.D., Oklahoma City University
CALI award for Securities Regulation
B.S., Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University
Professional experience includes his current position as General Counsel for the National Livestock Credit Corp.; Attorney, Law Offices of Kurtis J. Ward; Securities Arbitrator, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority; Futures Arbitrator, National Futures Association; Managing Member/ CEO, OKC Trading, LLC / KIS Futures, Inc.; Stock Broker/ Financial Advisor / Branch Manager, International Securities Corp.; Loan Officer, Farm Credit Services; Loan Assistant, USDA Farm Services Agency; Adjunct Professor, Political Science / American Gov’t, Oklahoma State University
Publications include: Preventing Investment Fraud: The Swindle, the Swindler, and the Swindlee, Provision Network (2007); The Futures Industry: From Commodities to the OTC Derivatives Markets, 12 PUBLIC INVESTORS ARBITRATION BAR JOURNAL 3 (2005); YOU SHALL HAVE GOOD SUCCESS (Harrison House Publishers 1995).


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Journal of Food Law & Policy: Call for Articles and New Connection with LL.M. Program

The Journal of Food Law & Policy is seeking article submissions.  For ten years, the Journal has been a leading voice in the food law and policy movement, publishing legal scholarship on a wide variety of food law issues. While some articles have reflected the traditional food and drug law approach and presented excellent regulatory analysis, more typically, the articles have presented a look beyond this. They have discussed the most relevant current food policy issues, often with a systemic perspective that transcends the legal academy's traditional approach. The Journal strives for excellent scholarship with "real world" significance -  a mission appropriate for the one area of law that touches everyone in the world -  food.

The Journal's leadership role and its tenth anniversary were noted by authors Baylen Linnekin (Keep Food Legal) and Emily Broad Lieb (Harvard's Food Law and Policy Clinic) in their recent article, Food Law & Policy: The Fertile Field's Origins & First Decade. It was published at 2014 Wisc. L. Rev. 557 last Spring.  A companion video, Food Law & Policy describes the emerging discipline, interviews leaders in the field, and credits the Journal for its innovation. My appreciation is extended to Baylen and Emily for this recognition and for the opportunity to participate in the video.

The Journal of Food Law & Policy continues to be the only student-edited U.S. law journal focused exclusively on food law and policy issues. Journal articles are available on both Westlaw and Hein On Line, and a new web site will soon post past issues for download.  Regular features include food law updates from the United States, the European Union, and Canada. The Journal is published twice a year and is edited by some of the top law students at the University of Arkansas School of Law. I am privileged to serve as the faculty advisor.

This year's Editor in Chief is A. Jordan Broyles. I worked closely with Jordan last year as a Journal candidate when she undertook the challenging task of writing about the historical struggle in regulating raw milk sales. I am confident that Jordan will be an excellent leader for the Journal this year, and I look forward to working with her, the board, and the new candidates.

In a new development, I am pleased to announce that this year at the request of the Journal, we are connecting the LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law with the Journal by adding an LL.M. Advisor from this year's class. LL.M. candidate Justin Crawley has agreed to serve in this capacity and has already begun work with the Journal staff.  Justin received his from J.D. from Appalachian School of Law where he served as Senior Editor of the Appalachian Natural Resources Law Journal and was the recipient of “Exceptional Service Award” for outstanding performance on a student publication.  Justin also served as the President and Chief of the Executive Board of the Environmental Law Society. His leadership and support will be very helpful to Jordan and her staff.

Please consider submitting your publication to the Journal. We may be able to include additional articles in our Fall publication, offering a very prompt production schedule.  Submission can be made through ExPresso or by direct delivery via e-mail to foodlaw@uark.edu.  Written submissions can be sent to the address below.  Please include a brief abstract and CV or resume with each submission.

Journal of Food Law and Policy
University of Arkansas School of Law
1045 West Maple Street
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Professor Neil Hamilton: Introduction to the Law of Food & Agriculture

LOTS GOING ON in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Monday, August 18 was the first day of classes for the 2014-15 LL.M. Program academic year. We were proud to welcome 9 face-to-face candidates and 3 of our distance candidates to Fayetteville for an orientation session and our first condensed course. Several other distance candidates are taking the course via distance education.

I'll do another post that reports on and shows photos of he renovated LL.M. classroom -  it looks fantastic!

And, bios for this year's class will be posted later this week.  They are a great group, of experienced attorneys and recent law graduates from Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Also in keeping with our tradition, we were honored to welcome Professor Neil Hamilton as our first Visiting Professor of the year.  Professor Hamilton is the Dwight D. Opperman Chair of Law at Drake University Law School and Director of the Drake Agricultural Law Center. He teaches our orientation course, An Introduction to the Law of Food & Agriculture, as our first condensed course.  This course covers a wide range of issues, setting the stage for our further discussions of the important areas of agricultural and food law.  It is a great way to begin another year.



Thursday, August 14, 2014

Bill Clinton Recognizes the Food City Scenario

Several prior posts have discussed the Food City Scenario, an award winning University of Arkansas collaboration led by the Fay Jones School of Architecture's Community Design Center.  The latest award was a Charter Award from the Congress for the New Urbanism.  As noted below, former President Bill Clinton recently wrote to the CDC Director, Professor Steve Luoni to congratulate him and to commend the CDC for its work. Such nice (and well deserved) recognition.

The LL.M. Program was proud to provide assistance to the University of Arkansas School of Architecture's Community Design Center in developing this innovative model for incorporating local food systems into urban growth. 




Wednesday, August 13, 2014

University of Arkansas School of Law Ranked as Best Value

The University of Arkansas School of Law ranks first in the nation in preLaw magazine’s annual “Best Value Law Schools” issue. This is the fourth year in a row that the School of Law has been honored as a top 20 “Best Value.” It ranked second in the nation last year.

“The University of Arkansas School of Law delivers an extraordinary education for its students and at a value that leaves them with significantly less debt than students at most law schools,” said Chancellor G. David Gearhart. “The return on investment for a student who graduates from our law school is good not only for our students but for Arkansas as well.”

School of Law Dean Stacy Leeds is quoted throughout the preLaw story, and credits support from the Arkansas Bar Association and investments in bar exam preparation and career services as factors in the law school’s continued success.

The rankings, which highlight the law schools that produce “lawyer-ready grads without saddling them with debt,” are determined by a formula that uses “the percent of graduates who pass the bar exam, employment rate, tuition, cost of living, and average indebtedness upon graduation.” For the employment category, more weight is given to jobs that require bar exam passage and to jobs that prefer the candidate hold a Juris Doctor degree.

For a detailed report of the law school’s bar passage, placement rates, and tuition and fees, please visit law.uark.edu.

The LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law has been the law school's signature specialty program since the 1980's.  This year, the law school was recognized for its leadership role in food law & policy.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A-dae Romero Receives Champion of Change Award

Vena A-dae Romero, a 2013-14 candidate in the LL.M. Program was honored as a “Champion of Change” on Tuesday, July 29 by the White House and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The “Champions of Change” are 15 leaders from across the country who are doing extraordinary things to build the bench for the next generation of farming and ranching. A-dae completed her final LL.M. requirements this summer and graduates with a Master of Laws degree in August. She is Cochiti Puebloan and Kiowa Indian. She was born in Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico, as a granddaughter of a Pueblo farmer.

While in the LL.M. Program, A-dae served as a Graduate Assistant with the Indigenous Food and Agricultural Initiative. She now consults for First Nations Development Institute, a leading Native American nonprofit whose mission is to strengthen American Indian economies.

As we recently announced, A-dae was awarded a J. William Fulbright Scholarship for the coming year to complete a research study on indigenous food sovereignty in New Zealand. Her study will compare similar colonial experiences between the Maori people of New Zealand and the American Indians in the United States and explore the influence of traditional food systems.

The Champions of Change program featured USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden, who discussed efforts to ensure that beginning farmers and the growing ranks of agriculture — women, young people, immigrants, socially disadvantaged producers, returning veterans and retirees — have access to the programs and support they need. The event included a discussion about how to continue growing and supporting the next generation of America’s farmers and ranchers.

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University of Arkansas Law School Dean Stacy Leeds traveled to D.C. to attend the ceremony with A-dae.  LL.M. colleagues in Washington gathered to congratulate A-dae.

Pictured, left to right:

  • Amy Lowenthal, LL.M. alumna and Assistant Counsel to the Inspector General, USDA; 
  • Richard Flournoy, LL.M. alumnus and Assistant to the Administrator, Risk Management Agency, USDA; 
  • Kelvin Stroud, current part-time LL.M. candidate and Legislative Assistant for Senator Mark Pryor; 
  • Jennifer Fiser, LL.M. alumna and Agricultural Program Specialist, Disaster Assistance Branch, Farm Service Agency, USDA; 
  • A'dae Romero; 
  • School of Law Dean Stacy Leeds; 
  • Steven "Brett" Offutt, LL.M. alumnus and Director of Policy and Litigation Division, GIPSA,USDA; and,
  • Visiting LL.M. Condensed Course Professor David Grahn, Associate General Counsel for International Affairs, Food Assistance, and Farm and Rural Programs in the Office of General Counsel, USDA.

The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals, businesses, and organizations doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities. We are delighted to have one of our LL.M.s in the ranks of this honored group. Congratulations, A-dae!  We are proud of your work -

Friday, July 25, 2014

Celebrating our LL.M. Faculty: Visiting Professor Nicole Civita

When Global Campus agreed to support our development of a distance track for the LL.M. Program, the first position that they funded was for course development.  This position was designed to develop distance courses for the LL.M. Program -  some based on our current classes and some new ones.  We were fortunate to have Nicole Civita available, as her skills were perfectly matched to the job. She had just graduated from the LL.M. Program, with stellar performance. She has excellent practice experience with large firms in New York and California, and an impressive academic background (Columbia University, Georgetown Law, Order of the Coif).

Over the last year, she has worked closely with Global Campus, developing a keen sense for the pedagogy of distance learning and applying it to the unique challenges of legal education. She has worked with us to help us begin converting our classes to a style and format that retains its face-to-face component but also will work well for our distance students. It's safe to say that there is a lot more to this than I realized, and the help from Nicole and Global Campus has been greatly appreciated.

In addition, Nicole designed from the ground up two of our most exciting new offerings: Urban Agriculture and Food Justice Law & Policy.

Before she began her distance education duties, Nicole jumped in to take the lead on the Food Recovery Project, funded by the Women's Giving Circle.  She authored Food Recovery:  A Legal Guide, which is now circulating, literally around the country, as businesses try to develop food waste reduction plans that recover food while protecting themselves from legal liability.  She has continued to take the lead on this project, serving as an advisor to the UA student group, Razorback Food Recovery. She was a plenary speaker at the national Food Recovery Network conference in Chicago, and now serves on the advisory board of that association. The Food Recovery Project and Nicole's work on it have extended and enhanced our national reputation, promoting both our face-to-face program and our new distance program.

On urban agriculture, Nicole worked closely with local leaders in evaluating the regulatory framework here in Fayetteville, helping to craft sensible urban agriculture ordinances. She co-authored a chapter on urban agricultural issues for an upcoming ABA book and spoke at an ABA sponsored urban agriculture conference in North Carolina. She will be teaching our first Urban Agriculture class this fall as part of the LL.M. curriculum open to JD enrollment. It was designed with the help of our Global Campus partners and will be presented with a flipped model of instruction.

Nicole’s article for her LL.M. writing requirement, Agrarians Feeding Communities: Reconnecting Federal Farm Policy and Nutrition Assistance For a More Just Agri-food System is about to be published in the Summer 2014 issue of the Northwestern Interdisciplinary Law Review.

All of this while balancing the birth of her second child last October.  .  .

I am pleased to report that Global Campus funded an additional year for Nicole's position, helping us to continue to build our curriculum and enhance the reputation of our Program.  She will be working with us and with each of our adjunct/visiting professors on course design and implementation while also helping us to promote the Program.

We appreciate Nicole's hard work and all that she has brought to the LL.M. Program and the law school.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Leadership Summit for Native Youth in Agriculture

Forty-four high school and college students arrived at the University of Arkansas School of Law this week for the inaugural Summer Leadership Summit: Native Youth in Agriculture. The students, who represent the next generation of Indian Country’s food and agriculture leaders, hail from 13 states from as far away as Oregon and Hawaii, and represent 21 tribes.

The week-long program includes classes, lectures, field trips and hands-on training in risk management, finance and business, legal issues and marketing. University of Arkansas professors, professionals in the food and agriculture sector and tribal leaders will teach the courses. Highlights include presentations by Mike Vayda, dean of the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, and Stacy Leeds, dean of the School of Law, and visits to the Fayetteville Farmers’ Market, the Discovery Center Food Processing and Food Development Center at Tyson Foods world headquarters and the Regional Distribution Center of Walmart and Sam’s Club world headquarters.

The summit is sponsored by the School of Law and the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative in partnership with the Intertribal Agriculture Council, FFA (formerly the Future Farmers of America) and the Farm Credit Council. The program is supported by grants from the Farm Credit Council and the Risk Management Agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Kathryn Smith Accepts Position at Walmart

We are pleased to announce that Kathryn Smith, a member of the 2013-14 LL.M. class has accepted the position of Manager of Programs in the Responsible Sourcing Department at Walmart headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Kathryn was a 2011 graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law. While in law school, Kathryn served as the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Food Law & Policy and received the law school's  Outstanding Contribution to Law School Publications Award for that service.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree cum laude (Criminal Justice) and a Bachelor of Arts degree with University Honors (Spanish) from the University of Alabama. She is just finishing up her final requirements for the LL.M. degree.

The Responsible Sourcing Department at Walmart serves as the bridge between Walmart’s internal compliance efforts and its global supply chain. Responsible Sourcing sets policy and monitors compliance and remediation activities of suppliers and factories in the global supply chain for areas such as

  • The Environment 
  • Health & Safety 
  • Labor & Employment 

Kathryn's particular job within this department falls under the Supplier Development area. She works with a team to review and evaluate existing programs implemented by the department. These kinds of programs range from training programs for factories to facilitate compliance to social betterment programs, such was the Women in Factories program.  Walmart's Global Responsibility Report for 2014 provides additional information.


Friday, July 4, 2014

Announcing Fall Food & Ag Law Class Line up

In the LL.M. Program in Agricultural and Food Law, we are proud to offer a full curriculum of 12 credits of specialized LL.M. courses each semester.  Beginning this Fall, we will offer a part-time program and a distance degree option to complement our traditional two-semester face-to-face program.

We use technology to bring the classroom experience to our distance students. Synchronous classes are live-streamed, with students participating from their computer or tablet from anywhere with a good internet connection. All of the technology in our classroom is being upgraded this summer  -  watch for future posts.

Condensed courses provide an opportunity for distance students to visit campus to attend several days of intense study of a specific agricultural or food law topic.

Traditional online courses will also be available for remote study beginning Spring 2015.

Our courses are all taught by nationally recognized agricultural and food law professors, and our professors work with the distance education professionals at the University of Arkansas Global Campus on distance course design and implementation.

We have a great incoming class, but are still accepting applications.  Here are the courses we will be offering Fall semester:


Agriculture & the Environment 
2 credit full-semester course
Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00 – 10:50 a.m. 
Agriculture is increasingly criticized for its impact on the environment. This course examines the tensions between the desire to produce food and fiber efficiently and concern for sustainability and the protection of natural resources.  It’s focus is on broad policy themes and current environmental readings.



Food Law & Policy 
2 credit full-semester course
Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 – 10:50 a.m.
The laws that frame our food system have a significant impact on us all. This course provides an overview of regulation by the Food & Drug Administration and the USDA focusing on policy considerations and current issues in the news. 



Food, Farming & Sustainability 
2 credit full-semester course 
Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00 – 11:50 a.m.
This course provides a survey of the complex legal topics that make up the body of agricultural and food law focusing on current issues of significance. Readings are supplemented by presentations from attorneys working in the field. The text for the course will be an updated version of Food, Farming & Sustainability: Readings in Agricultural Law, by the course professor, Susan Schneider.



Specialized Legal Research and Writing 
1 credit full-semester, pass/fail course
Thursday, 1:00 – 1:50 p.m.
This is a course for legal writing skill development, including training in plain-English legal writing, electronic research training, and publication strategies. This course will assist students in planning to meet the LL.M. writing requirement.




Administrative Law & Practice: USDA and FDA 
1 credit flipped model; first half of the semester only
Tuesdays, 1:00 – 1:50
Study of administrative law & practice as applied to the specialized areas of agricultural and food law.  The relevant regulatory agencies are introduced, and the basics of federal rulemaking, adjudication, and judicial review are covered. The course will meet once/week August 26 – October 7, 2014.



Urban Agriculture Law & Policy 
1 credit flipped model; second half of the semester
Tuesdays, 1:00 – 1:50
This course provides a study of the legal issues raised by the rising interest in urban agricultural activities. Topics of study include land use and zoning issues, farmers market issues, and legal issues associated with community-sponsored agriculture. The course will meet once/week October 14, and October 28 – December 2, 2014.




Condensed Courses are one-credit face-to-face classes offered in 2-4 days of intensive instruction. Distance students are encouraged to come to campus, although special arrangements may be available for video-conferencing on a case by case basis.


An Introduction to the Law of Food & Agriculture 
1 credit condensed course
August 18-20, 2014  
This course provides an overview of the legal and policy issues presented by the production of food and fiber, including a discussion of structural changes in agriculture, sustainability issues, and trends in consumer interest.

Federal Farm Programs & Crop Insurance 
1 credit condensed course
October 13-16, 2014
This course provides a survey of the complex network of federal farm programs and federal crop insurance programs that are available to U.S. producers, focusing on the 2014 Farm Bill provisions.

Agricultural Policy & the Federal Budget 
1 credit condensed course; on location only; this course will not be recorded
November 10 – 12, 2014
This course examines the impact of the budget, cost-scoring, and OMB on federal agricultural policy making in Washington, D.C. Current farm policy issues are discussed within the context of budgetary constraints and pressures.



Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Another National Award for the Food City Scenario

The LL.M. Program is delighted to announce that the "Food City Scenario"has won another national award -  this time, a Charter Award from the Congress for the New Urbanism.  Leaders from Northwest Arkansas traveled to New York to receive the award.

The LL.M. Program was proud to provide assistance to the University of Arkansas School of Architecture's Community Design Center in developing this innovative model for incorporating local food systems into urban growth.  Here's the announcement from the University of Arkansas Newswire.

Food City Scenario' Wins Charter Award From Congress for the New Urbanism
Northwest Arkansas leaders travel to Congress meeting in Buffalo

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A project that seeks to build food sustainability by promoting local urban agriculture was recognized earlier this month at the annual meeting of the Congress for the New Urbanism. The University of Arkansas Community Design Center led the team that created the Fayetteville 2030: Food City Scenario project, which won an Award of Merit in the category for Planning Tool or Process.

The Charter Awards ceremony was held earlier this month at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in Buffalo, New York, at the organization’s yearly Congress meeting, which brings architects, urban planners, developers and advocates together to network, learn and collaborate. The Congress is an international organization that works with multidisciplinary professionals to promote walkable, diverse and sustainable development.

Lioneld Jordan, mayor of Fayetteville, was one of about two dozen leaders from Northwest Arkansas who attended the meeting in Buffalo. The Walton Family Foundation funded the travel of this region’s leaders to the conference, which included a special meeting with the Congress board and chief executive officer. Mayors, chamber of commerce officials, county commissioners and Northwest Arkansas Council officials attended in an effort to develop greater urban livability and planning coordination in the region.

Jordan said the event was educational and inspiring as ideas were shared from cities around the country. “A lot of the things that they talked about are things we’re looking at in this city,” he said. “I think they showed us some easier ways to do them.”

Food City Scenario is a solid project that caught the attention of the Charter Awards judges and also features some ideas already being implemented in Fayetteville, Jordan said.

“We’ve got to look at urban development different than we have in the last 50 years for sure,” Jordan said. The award recognition “shows that we’re doing some stuff that’s even a little outside the box.”

The Fayetteville City Council recently passed a comprehensive urban agriculture ordinance, which allows city residents to raise goats and bees, plus more chickens than previously allowed. It also allows them to sell produce grown in their home gardens. Next, city officials plan to look at the possibility of planting fruit and nut trees alongside public streets.

“I’m a firm supporter of people being able to sustain themselves and being able to grow their own food,” Jordan said. As more people are living in urban areas than rural ones, “we’ve got to learn how to produce our own food.”

The Community Design Center led an interdisciplinary team at the University of Arkansas whose project, Fayetteville 2030: Food City Scenario, speculates on what Fayetteville might look like if the city’s growth integrated local urban food production sustainable enough to create self-sufficiency. Fayetteville’s population of 75,000 is expected to double over the next 20 years. In addition, although the region is the most prosperous in the state, it also has one of the state’s highest child hunger rates.

Supported by the Clinton Global Initiative, Food City Scenario is an urban agricultural project that aims to weave agricultural urbanism back into the city environment, with the prospect of helping Fayetteville achieve greater food security and resiliency, said Steve Luoni, director of the Community Design Center.

Most cities stock a three-day supply of food, mostly from global supply chains, “meaning that we are only nine meals away from anarchy,” Luoni said. This scenario devises a middle-scale urban food production model that lies between the scale of the industrial farm and the individual garden, called the “missing middle.” In this plan, this foodshed – a geographic area of connected food production and consumption – functions as an ecological municipal utility, featuring green infrastructure; public, food-producing landscapes, such as edible forest farms, orchard-lined streets, fruit and nut boulevards; food hubs; organic waste recycling districts; and various other agrarian initiatives.

“Food has been conspicuously absent from American planning, even though it ranks in importance with water, power and sanitation – the latter all utilities,” Luoni said. “Our scenario plan formulates the rationale, design tools and placemaking concepts for making urban food production an option once again in the construction of cities.”

Juror Brent Toderian called Food City Scenario a “highly creative, comprehensive and leading-edge ‘thought piece’ on urban food.” From farm-to-table arrangements with local institutions to a closed-loop, upcycling waste management system (including extracting nutrients from food waste through composting) to several greenhouse and other geothermal plans, Food City is an in-depth look at a city’s vibrant potential.

“The project went well beyond policy and principle, to connect urban food production with alternative growth scenarios, public space types, and real-world housing,” Toderian said.

This collaborative plan involved the Fay Jones School of Architecture, the department of biological and agricultural engineering, the Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability, the School of Law and its master of laws program in agricultural and food law, the department of food science, and the city of Fayetteville. This team also worked with local nonprofit groups dedicated to fighting hunger and poverty. The report can be found on the Community Design Center’s website.

Earlier this year, this project was recognized with an Honorable Mention in the 61st Progressive Architecture Awards program.


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Vice Provost for Distance Education to Serve on National Association Board

As we posted previously, LL.M. Program Announces Integrated Distance Option Fall 2014, this Fall marks the official launch of the distance education track for the LL.M. Program.

While some schools contract with private education companies to outsource their distance course development, at the University of Arkansas, we are fortunate to have a full team of distance education professionals in-house through our Global Campus.

The help we have received and continue to receive from Global Campus has been tremendous.  We have a team of distance education course designers assigned to our Program, and they work under the leadership of the Vice Provost for Distance Education, Dr. Javier Reyes.  Dr. Reyes has been a hands-on champion for our work, monitoring our progress and providing guidance.

This week, Dr. Reyes received national recognition for his work with distance education. He was appointed to the  board of directors for the University Professional and Continuing Education Association.  Congratulations, Dr. Reyes, and thank you again for your support in assuring the success of our online program.

The article below is a repost from a University of Arkansas Newswire announcement.


Javier A. Reyes, vice provost for distance education, has accepted a one-year appointment to the board of directors for the University Professional and Continuing Education Association and will attend his first meeting June 17.
Reyes, head of the Global Campus and an economics professor, will fill an unexpired term through March 2015 and then be eligible to serve a full two-year term of his own.

UPCEA, founded in 1915 and based in Washington D.C., is a leading national association for professional, continuing and online education that serves more than 395 institutions, including most of the leading public and private colleges and universities in North America. The association serves as a link between adult learners and public policy issues, and it provides innovative conferences and specialty seminars, research and benchmarking information, professional networking opportunities and timely publications.

The UPCEA board directs the affairs of the association, determines its policies and advances its goals, except as otherwise provided in the association’s bylaws.

 “As the university continues to grow its online programs and offerings, it is important that we step into national leadership roles that allow us to share our innovations and achievements with our peers,” Provost Sharon Gaber said. “I am confident that Javier Reyes, in his new appointment, will bring national attention to our accomplishments and help guide policy development that will shape the future of online education.”

 UPCEA recognizes the growing importance online education in addressing the needs of non-traditional students who seek to continue or further their education, Reyes said.

“UPCEA is looking to those who are leading the way in reshaping education by expanding online offerings,” Reyes said. “The University of Arkansas is taking an innovative approach to online learning because our online offerings are not separate from our academic campus, but an important part of it, an extension of it.”

Some institutions separate their on-campus and online academics. At the University of Arkansas, online degree programs and courses are embedded in the academic ecosphere, growing within departments inside colleges and schools on campus and nurtured by the faculty who create course content, set learning outcomes and establish degree programs.

Reyes leads the Global Campus, which supports academic colleges and schools in the development and delivery of online education by providing instructional design services, faculty development and workshops, technology services and help with strategic academic planning and marketing.
Other higher education institutions represented on the UPCEA board include Syracuse University; University of Wisconsin; Brown University; University of Massachusetts Amherst; North Carolina State University; University of Colorado, Boulder; Western Michigan University; McGill University; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; University of Minnesota; and University of California, Los Angeles.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

LL.M. Alum Baylen Linnekin Publishes Article & Produces Video on Food Law & Policy

Baylen Linnekin
I am delighted to announce that the Wisconsin Law Review has published an excellent article discussing the origin and growth of the Food Law & Policy movement in law schools.  The article, written by our LL.M. alumnus, Baylen Linnekin, Executive Director of Keep Food Legal and co-author Emily Broad Lieb, Director of the Food Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School is titled Food Law & Policy: The Fertile Field's Origins & First Decade.  The article chronicles the development of Food Law & Policy, giving significant credit to our Program, as well as to our Visiting Professors, Neil Hamilton and Peter Barton Hutt, and our alumnus, Michael Roberts.

To accompany the article, Baylen arranged for the production of a video that describes the development of food law & policy and discusses the opportunities presented by this new discipline.  The video provides interviews with Food Law & Policy leaders as well as students involved in the food policy movement.

As detailed in both the article and the video, the number of Food Law & Policy courses at law schools is growing.  A recent Harvard Law School publication noted that there is "no hotter topic in law schools right now than food law and policy."  In fact, Baylen will be teaching a new 2-credit Food Law & Policy Seminar at George Mason University Law School this coming fall.

We all agree with a statement from Baylen's blog post about the project - Food Law & Policy will "continue to grow in scope and importance over the next decade."

The video is embedded below, and a link to the article will be provided as soon as it is available electronically.

Our sincere thanks to Baylen for his good work and for including us in this exciting project.

   

Sunday, June 15, 2014

LL.M. Professor Explains Farm Bill Provisions

Since the 2014 Farm Bill passed last winter, our visiting professor, Allen Olson has been very busy. When Allen is not teaching his condensed course in Federal Farm Programs and Crop Insurance for the LL.M. Program, he has an active full time regional agricultural law practice based in Georgia.  His farm clients as well as farm suppliers and lenders have all been looking to him to help figure out how the complex new provisions in the farm bill will apply to their operations.

Allen has delivered about 30 presentations to various groups and was recently interviewed by Chris Adams with the McClatchy News Service's Washington Bureau. The article focused on the peanut program -  a program that has received little attention in the media, but that is very important in several southern states.  It's also important to consumers.  The article was widely circulated to McClatchy news subscribers and emphasizes how complex the farm programs and farm policy can be.

Allen enjoying an outing w/students after class 
We are fortunate to have Allen as one of our visiting professors and look forward to his class next October 2014.

Here's an excerpt from the article, Peanut growers worry about unintended impact of farm bill, as printed in the Miami Herald.
In the heart of the nation’s peanut zone, farmers are putting substantially more runners into the ground than they did last year. And in the eyes of some industry experts, that boom might spell doom. 
“Runner peanuts” are used to make peanut butter _ not the bigger nuts you’ll find at the ballpark – and they’re the most prevalent of the types of peanuts grown in the United States. Overall peanut acreage is expected to be up substantially this year, around 30 percent more than last year throughout the nation’s 10 peanut-growing states. 
“I gave a speech to the Georgia Bankers Association a few weeks ago in which I described the possible problem as the ‘peanut apocalypse,’ ” said Allen Olson, a lawyer who specializes in farm issues in southern Georgia. 
His concern is that incentives in the recently enacted farm bill – the massive piece of legislation passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama amid much fanfare in February – could lead to over-planting and depressed prices, and ultimately might lead to farmers not receiving the benefits they expected.
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/06/05/4160532/peanut-growers-worry-about-unintended.html#storylink=cpy

Friday, June 13, 2014

LL.M. Faculty and Alumni to participate at the 1st International Conference on Food Safety, Hong Kong

This week, three attorneys with close ties to the LL.M. Program will participate in the 1st International Conference on Food Safety taking place on the campus of the University of Hong Kong, June 16-18, 2014.

Adam Soliman
According to the website, "The conference will address the emerging issues and the diverse aspects of food safety with special emphasis on global impact." The Conference Programme, features an impressive line up of speakers.

Participating in the conference is LL.M. Alumnus Adam Soliman, who assisted with conference organization. Adam completed our program in 2013 and is now the Director of The Fisheries Law Centre in Vancouver. He is a graduate of the University of Hong Kong Law School.

William D. Marler
Participating as featured Conference Speakers at Adam's invitation are two nationally recognized food law experts from the United States, also with ties to our Program.

Leading U.S. foodborne illness litigation attorney, William D. (Bill) Marler, will deliver a keynote address, Why It Is a Bad Idea to Poison Your Customers. Bill is a frequent speaker at food law conferences here and abroad and is a founding partner of the Marler Clark law firm based in Seattle. He is also the founder of the internationally acclaimed news service, Food Safety News.

Peter Barton Hutt
Bill Marler's presentation will be followed by a keynote address by Harvard University Law School's Food & Drug Law Professor, Peter Barton Hutt, an attorney with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Covington & Burling.  Professor Hutt is the author of the foundation Press Food & Drug Law casebook. He will speak on Current Food Law in Historical Context.

Both Bill Marler and Peter Barton Hutt have taught food law courses within the LL.M. Program in the past.  Bill Marler has taught our Food Safety Litigation course for a number of years, and Professor Hutt has taught Selected Issues in Food Law. We hope to have them back with us again soon.

We wish we could be in Hong Kong with our friends for this excellent conference.